Gold pass blues a failed ex­per­i­ment

Artist des­per­ately seek­ing Jed

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Remembrance Day -

Bob Head, Tar­rawingee

MER­RIWA Park is in­deed a won­der­ful new venue for the blues mar­quee.

We all felt for the mu­si­cians who (for most of the week­end) played to a vir­tu­ally empty mid front sec­tion which was fenced off for “Gold Pass Pa­trons Only”.

Those we knew with gold passes re­fused to sit in there, know­ing full well that blues mu­sic is founded in roots that de­mand equal­ity for all, rev­els in bring­ing all peo­ple to­gether as one and fought against “seg­re­ga­tion” and the “haves and have nots” men­tal­ity.

Mu­si­cians feed off their au­di­ences, how sad for them that in their di­rect line of sight were rows and rows of empty chairs.

It is im­por­tant to know and un­der­stand the his­tory of the mu­sic you are pro­mot­ing and pro­vide those world class acts with full and en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ences in their line of sight.

This “ex­per­i­ment” has failed mis­er­ably in the last few years it has been tri­alled – time to hand the mu­sic and the venue back to the peo­ple who love and re­spect it.

Linda Simp­son, Ox­ley

AT the jazz fes­ti­val on Sun­day af­ter­noon I was draw­ing the per­form­ers and do­ing por­traits at the blues tent.

I started a por­trait for a lovely young boy called Jed, who has beau­ti­ful red hair.

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